The James Webb Telescope took several photos of the center of the Milky Way galaxy. He managed to photograph the densest part in “unprecedented detail”. Specifically, the images were obtained from a star-forming region called Sagittarius C, or Sgr C for short.

This region is about 300 light-years from the galaxy’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A, and more than 25,000 light-years from Earth. In total, there are more than 500,000 stars in this region and various clusters of protostars, that is, stars that are still forming and gaining mass.

Previously, it was impossible to collect data on this region with such a “level of resolution and sensitivity,” the scientists say.

At the center of it all is a massive protostar that weighs 30 times more than our Sun.

The data provided in these images will allow researchers to understand the nature of massive stars. Webb’s instrument captured an image of a large emission of ionized hydrogen. Presumably, this is the result of young and massive stars emitting photons.

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